Textile artist Annin Barrett’s large silk panels use color, pattern and symbolism to explore dramatic themes from the Tarot, including such classic cards as The Tower and The Lovers. Five tarot designs in saturated hues and metallic details, floating above a meditative space filled with soft light, invite reflection upon turning points in life. A display of tarot cards and related items, curated by tarot artist Coleman Stevenson, provides additional context for exploring this intriguing divination practice. Exhibition is on view through July 25. Gallery Hours: Thursday - Saturday, 11-5 or by appointment.
Annin Barrett’s involvement with textiles began at an experimental grade school in Northern California where she learned to weave at age 10. She designed and sold doll clothes to her classmates, portending her future design career of exploring all things related to textiles. She wove hundreds of yards of fabric for the restoration of Timberline Lodge as well as created drapery for Neil Young’s tour bus. Traveling to Central Asia, she studied feltmaking in Kyrghystan. Annin serves as a consultant for Textile Hive, a 40,000 piece design archive of fabrics from around the world, and also as an editor for Textile: Cloth and Culture. Along the way, she earned a MFA in Fibers from University of Arizona, and teaches at The Art Institute of Portland. Her current creative pursuits involve hair sculpture and surface design on silk.